Do rental agents discriminate against minority customers? Evidence from the 2000 Housing Discrimination Study

Seok Joon Choi, Jan Ondrich, John Yinger

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Abstract

This study examines the incidence and causes of housing discrimination in qualitative treatment by rental agents, using national audit data from the 2000 Housing Discrimination Study. Using the fixed-effects logit method described by [Review of Economic Studies 47(1) (1980) 225-238], we control for unobservable factors that are shared by audit teammates and conduct hypothesis tests for the incidence and causes of discrimination. We find evidence that rental housing discrimination has declined since 1989 but continues to exist in several important types of housing agent behavior. We also find evidence that this discrimination is caused by agents' own prejudice and by their response to the prejudice of white clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Housing Economics
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

Keywords

  • Audit
  • Fixed-effects logit
  • Housing discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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